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  • nounmicroscopic organism, often causing illness
  • nounbeginning

synonyms for germ

  • antibody
  • bacterium
  • bug
  • disease
  • microbe
  • microorganism
  • parasite
  • pathogen
  • plague
  • virus
  • what's going around
See also synonyms for: germs
  • origin
  • embryo
  • cause
  • ovum
  • rudiment
  • egg
  • source
  • seed
  • nucleus
  • sprout
  • inception
  • sprig
  • spark
  • root
  • bud
  • spore
  • ovule
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Some coronavirus experts have suggested that on reinfection the covid-19 germ will stay in the upper airway, causing sniffles, rather than penetrating the lungs to cause pneumonia.
HONG KONG RESEARCHERS SAY THEY’VE FOUND THE WORLD’S FIRST CASE OF COVID-19 REINFECTIONANTONIO REGALADOAUGUST 24, 2020MIT TECHNOLOGY REVIEW
A world of germs is vying to invade your body and make you sick.
EXPLAINER: WHAT ARE ANTIBODIES?AVERY ELIZABETH HURTJULY 24, 2020SCIENCE NEWS FOR STUDENTS
Among such immune people, a germ now has a hard time finding a new host.
CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWNS MAY HAVE AVOIDED 531 MILLION INFECTIONSERIN GARCIA DE JESUSJUNE 12, 2020SCIENCE NEWS FOR STUDENTS
Without masks, people sick with the new coronavirus can likely spread the germs even without coughing or sneezing.
HOW MUCH DO MASKS HELP AGAINST COVID-19?TINA HESMAN SAEYAPRIL 23, 2020SCIENCE NEWS FOR STUDENTS
Scientists might also use this information to learn how such germs keep their hosts — us — healthy.
CHECK OUT THE COMMUNITIES OF BACTERIA LIVING ON YOUR TONGUEERIN GARCIA DE JESUSAPRIL 22, 2020SCIENCE NEWS FOR STUDENTS
That germ has since become part of the group of flu viruses that move through human populations each year.
WHO CALLS COVID-19 A GLOBAL PANDEMICJONATHAN LAMBERTMARCH 11, 2020SCIENCE NEWS FOR STUDENTS
There was no doubt thought of his own loss in this question: yet there was, one may hope, a germ of solicitude for the mother too.
CHILDREN'S WAYSJAMES SULLY
A germ flies from a stagnant pool, and the laughing child, its mother's darling, dies dreadfully of diphtheria.
GOD AND MY NEIGHBOURROBERT BLATCHFORD
Mr. William Aird, the germ-proof man, has been giving demonstrations in London.
PUNCH, OR THE LONDON CHARIVARI, VOLUME 158, APRIL 28, 1920VARIOUS
It is reported that last week a germ snapped at him and broke off two of its teeth.
PUNCH, OR THE LONDON CHARIVARI, VOLUME 158, APRIL 28, 1920VARIOUS
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WORDS RELATED TO GERM

  • antecedent
  • birth
  • conception
  • egg
  • embryo
  • font
  • fount
  • fountain
  • fountainhead
  • generation
  • genesis
  • germ
  • heart
  • principle
  • resource
  • root
  • seed
  • stem
  • well
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.